The Library collection is made up of almost 50,000 items, in a variety of formats. These formats include books, DVDs, audiobooks, ebooks, databases, large print, and more. The collection is searchable by clicking on the Catalog link on this webpage. Items not contained within the library may be ordered through Interlibrary Loan from other libraries in the region.
The Circulation desk offers library patrons a wide range of services to fit their needs.
You can apply for a new library card and replace lost library cards, pay for fines or lost materials, retrieve and pay for pages printed from the Internet or copy machine, get a wireless ticket, renew materials, pick up reserved materials and place holds and requests. For renewals and placing requests, you may also call or go to your online library account. Meeting rooms can also be requested at the circulation desk, and patrons may also ask for assistance in locating items in the library. Our staff is always willing to help the patrons with their everyday requests.
You must have your library card to check out books or materials. Most of our materials circulate for two weeks. They can be renewed up to three times, so long as they are not placed on reserve for another patron.
DVDs and video games circulate for one week.
Fines for overdue items are charged at $.15 per day, per item, for books. DVD fines are $1.00 per day. You will be charged the cost of replacement for lost materials and books.
Use of the Internet:
The library is happy to provide its patrons with access to computers and the internet. To use the library computers, patrons must check out a computer card. Wireless tickets are available to patrons with their own devices. The library also has five laptops and a projector available to meeting groups and community organizations. Remember, when using the internet, while it contains a wealth of valuable information, users should be aware that some information may be inaccurate, outdated, or offensive. Use of these resources carries with it a responsibility to evaluate the quality of the information accessed. Parents, not the library, are responsible for the use of these resources by their children.
Hampshire County Public Library has one of the most complete Genealogy Departments in our area. We have an extensive collection of material for family genealogical research and offer a person on staff that will do limited research as time allows. All requests must be made in writing and mailed to the library or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. A fee for photocopying is $.50 per page and cost of mailing is based on current postage rate. Every day we are expanding our material in our Genealogical Department on local family history. If you would like to share your data when completed, we would be happy to add it to our collection for other researchers to consult.